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Daan Vandewalle records complete 'Catalogue d'oiseaux' by Oliver Messiaen

Daan Vandewalle records complete 'Catalogue d'oiseaux' by Oliver Messiaen

Concertgebouw Brugge and Daan Vandewalle present the recording of Olivier Messiaen's Catalogue d'oiseaux (1956-1958), a unique opportunity to hear this 13-piece keyboard work in its entirety. Each part focuses on the singing of a specific bird, as Messiaen was not only a composer but also a passionate ornithologist. The birds' chirping, tweeting and singing herald a time of freedom in these times of corona.

Don't we all wish to be as free as a bird right now?

Daan Vandewalle

'Birds do not comply with the various regulations that the governments decrete. Their cultural sector is not locked, they violate the curfew with their chants, social distancing is out of the question and they have no regard for travel restrictions. The proverb 'to be as free as a bird' resonates more than ever in times of confiment, and it is not surprising that composers throughout history have listened to the ever-varied singing of birds. Olivier Messiaen was a composer by profession and an ornithologist out of passion, and his love for birds was so great that one sometimes feels that he would have preferred to be one. I think we recognize that feeling now more than ever.'

 

'Birds do not comply with the various regulations that the governments decrete. Their cultural sector is not locked, they violate the curfew with their chants, social distancing is out of the question and they have no regard for travel restrictions. The proverb 'to be as free as a bird' resonates more than ever in times of confiment, and it is not surprising that composers throughout history have listened to the ever-varied singing of birds. Olivier Messiaen was a composer by profession and an ornithologist out of passion, and his love for birds was so great that one sometimes feels that he would have preferred to be one. I think we recognize that feeling now more than ever.'

 

Airing schedule

Wednesdays and Saturdays at 1:00 PM on:

Part Catalogue d’oiseaux

Airing date

1.   Le Chocard des Alpes — The Alpine chough

17 March 2021

2.   Le Loriot — The Eurasian golden oriole

20 March 2021

3.   Le Merle Bleu — The Blue rock thrush

24 March 2021

4.   Le Traquet Stapazin — The Black-eared wheatear

27 March 2021

5.   La Chouette Hulotte — The Tawny owl

31 March 2021

6.   L’Alouette Lulu — The Woodlark

03 April 2021

7.   La Rousserolle Effarvatte — The Eurasian reed warbler

07 April 2021

8.   L’Alouette Calandrelle — The Greater short-toed lark

10 April 2021

9.   La Bouscarle — The Cetti's warbler

14 April 2021

10. Le Merle de Roche — The Common rock thrush

17 April 2021

11. La Buse Variable — The Common buzzard

21 April 2021

12. Le Traquet Rieur — The Black wheatear

24 April 2021

13. Le Courlis Cendré — The Eurasian curlew

28 April 2021


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